14 places to feel the richness of karnataka
Madikeri, the picturesque capital of Kodagu (also called Coorg), is a town that epitomizes this land of coffee, cardamom, colonels and the Cauvery. Located in a beautiful hilly setting surrounded by the forested slopes of the Western Ghats, here, time seems to have stopped. Dotted with a cluster of red roofed dwellings and a bustling bazaar, the town, situated at an elevation of1525m, has a charming old-world look. Madikeri provides access to some excellent picnic spots and also some very interesting activities like trekking, mountain climbing and river rafting.
srirangapatna is renowned as the island fortress of the warrior king, Tipu Sultan, who fought valiantly against the British. A heritage town with palace,fort, dungeons and mosques, the town is also justly famous for its ancient Ranganathaswamy Temple and the Gumbaz where Tipu and his father Hyder Ali are buried. Just 16 km from Mysore, Srirangapatna is also the former capital of the Maharajas of Mysore.
Mekedatu is a location along Kaveri in Kanakapura. Sangama is the place where Arkavati merges with Kaveri. The Kaveri runs through a deep,narrow ravine of hard granite rock. The river, which is more than 150 meters wide at the confluence (at Sangama) flows through the hardly 10-meter wide gorge at Mekedatu. There is also some mythological significance to this place – the goat that is believed to have leapt across the Kaveri was Lord Shiva in disguise.
One of the longest reigning dynasties in Indian history, the Wadiyars have made Mysuru their capital and the city’s reputation for being the City of Palaces’ is well earned. Besides the exquisite Amba Vilas or Mysore Palace as it is more popularly known, there are many other royal abodes that function as museums, hotels and more. Mysore is also famed for the Chamundeshwari Temple and the grandeur of its Dasara procession which is led by the deity. The city also boasts of a sprawling zoo which was started under royal patronage and the St. Philomena’s Cathedral built in Gothic style.
Brindavan Gardens, lying at the foot of the Krishna Raja Sagar dam, is amongst the most beautiful formal gardens in the country. Set in descending layers, the gardens are a symphony of manicured lawns,brilliant flower-beds and exquisite topiary with water flowing through the centre. The far end, separated by a small lake, features a variety of coloured fountains. The whole garden turns into a virtual fairyland at dusk as lights come on and the fountains dance to the music.
Chitradurga located at a distance of 202 kms Northwest of Bengaluru, in the heart of the Deccan Plateau, Chitradurga is recognized as the land of valour and chivalry. Chitradurga gets its name from Chitradurga an umbrella shaped hill found their. Tradition dates Chitradurga District to the period of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The whole district lies in the valley of the Vedavati River, with the Tungabhadra River flowing in the northwest. Chitradurga Fort is straddles several hills and a peak overlooking a flat valley in the Chitradurga.
This Shivanasamudra is a small town in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka. It is situated on the banks of the river Kaveri, which forms here the boundary to the Chamarajanagar District This is a segmented waterfall Segmented waterfalls occur where the water flow is broken into two or more channels before dropping over a cliff, resulting in multiple side by side waterfalls. The western branch results in the twin waterfalls of Gaganachukki, whereas the eastern branch results in the Bharachukki falls.
One of the capitals of the Hoysala dynasty, Belur is renowned for its magnificent Hoysala temple architecture. The major attraction here is the Chennakesava Temple built by Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana, to commemorate his victory over the Cholas. It is the only Hoysala temple still in active use for worship. The temple stands on a platform and has exquisite art work on its outer walls, with bracket figures of dancing girls in various poses, carved to perfection. The other equally impressive monuments are the temples of Chennigaraya, Viranarayana, Sridevi and Bhudevi, all in the same complex.
Badami is where some of Karnataka’s most beautiful rock-cut temples are located Carved out of a rust-red cliff face, they display not just devotion but also the exceptional artistry of the Chalukyan sculptors who toiled to create these monuments. Steps lead up to the first cave temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has a unique sculpture of an 18-armed Nataraja striking 81 dance poses.The next two are dedicated to Lord Vishnu of which the third is larger and has ornate carvings. The fourth temple has Jain imagery.
The Tungabhadra Dam, located close to Hospet, is as much a tourist attraction as the World Heritage Site of Hampi. The dam across the Tungabhadra River creates a huge lake that stretches as far as the eye can see. A beautiful garden has been laid adjacent to the dam.
Once the capital city of the powerful South Indian Vijayanagara Empire,Hampi is a World Heritage Site that draws visitors from around the world Spread over 36 sq km, the ruins of the city display over 1500 monuments set amidst an awesome boulder-strewn landscape along the banks of the Tungabhadra river. At Hampi, one can see the remnants of opulent palaces,marvellous temples, massive fortifications, baths, markets, aquaducts, pavilions,stables for royal elephants, and elegantly carved pillars. A visit to Hampi is a sojourn into the past and the best way to experience it is to take a leisurely stroll through the eloquent ruins that are located in two areas, the Royal Centre and the Sacred Centre
Nestled on the hills of South Coorg, Bhagamandala is both a tourist spot as well as a place of pilgrimage. Bhagamandala is at the confluence of two rivers with a third subterranean one also supposedly joining in. On the river bank are temples dedicated to the Hindu trinity – Shiva was worshiped as Bhagandeshwara, Brahma (along with an image of Subramanya) and Mahavishnu.Talacauvery, the source of the River Cauvery, is 7 km upstream.
Halebidu temple is another great example of temple architecture the twin temples of Hoysaleshwara, Kedareshwara built by Vishnuvardhana and Ballala-II at Halabidu. Sequences from Ramayana, Mahabharatha & Bhagavatha are depicted on the outer walls of these temples. The efficiency and experience of the sculpture, who had carved these stories in stone is bewitching.
located in a region that is densely forested, the Jog Falls, also known as Gerusoppa, is India’s highest waterfalls. Ranked among the world’s best, the spectacular cascade sees the Sharavati River leap 956 feet into a gorge with a thunderous roar. Four distinct cascades-known locally as Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket, are created with arching rainbows formed by the sunlight hitting the spray from the falls Steps Lead down to the deep pool at the bottom.